By: Chris Smith @BallIsLife_A2D
Fantasy Football Injury Implications – Week 2
Week 1 is in the books, and for most, those fantasy lineups that looked perfect on draft day, now likely present some challenges after the first real games brought the injury bug to fantasy rosters. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the injuries that will affect your roster for week 2.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: Broken ankle, out for season.
Coming into the season as a projected top 5 tight end, this is a big blow to fantasy owners as Delanie Walker is out for the season. Second year player Jonnu Smith appears poised to take most of Walker’s snaps, however it remains to be seen if he commands a similar target share. More established waiver wire options include Tyler Eifert, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, and Antonio Gates. Eifert in particular could be poised for a strong season if he can avoid injury.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Knee, Likely out the next few weeks
Baldwin’s injury is bad news for his owners as well as those who own Russell Wilson. For Baldwin owners specifically, Tyler Lockett is a solid pickup off the waiver wire, and if you’re in desperation you should consider Brandon Marshall. One non-Seahawk player to consider is ex-Seahawk Paul Richardson who could put up solid numbers with Alex Smith and the Redskins.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Hamstring, Questionable
After quickly putting up 55 scrimmage yards, Fournette went to the sideline with a hamstring injury. The team said that Fournette is likely to play and has downplayed the injury, however this is an injury to keep an eye on as soft tissue injuries tend to linger. If Fournette is healthy, he is a must start against a Patriots defense that allowed nearly 100 rushing yards to Lamar Miller. If he isn’t healthy, TJ Yeldon is worth a pick up and a start as he took the lionshare of the snaps in relief of Fournette. A sneaky play in DFS formats is Corey Grant as he has big play potential.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Foot, Likely out 5-6 Weeks
The good news here is that Olsen has elected not to have what would have been, season ending surgery until the off-season. The bad news is that his foot is fractured, and he will miss time to try and allow his foot to heal. In the meantime, rookie Ian Thomas is likely to receive the majority of Olsen’s snaps, which makes him a must add in a TE heavy offense. This is also good news for Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey owners, as both will likely see an increase in targets, especially in the red zone.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Concussion & Shoulder, Questionable
DeSean likely would have been a hot waiver wire option this week if not for his inclusion on this list. After repeatedly burning the Saints defense, Jackson suffered a concussion and a shoulder injury, which places him in doubt for week 2. How you handle this injury should depend on how you feel about quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. If you believe this is the revival of Fitzmagic, the Bucs WR Chris Godwin is a strong waiver wire pickup as he should see a large portion of Jackson’s targets. If not, Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa or Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett should be quality options moving forward.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Thigh Contusion, out week 2
A thigh contusion has held the speedy Goodwin out of practice this week, and could hamper him even if he plays. The injury likely means more targets for Pierre Garcon, rookie Dante Pettis, and TE George Kittle. If you were starting Goodwin, any of these players especially Garcon would be a quality flex option.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Knee, out week 2
After a dissapointing week 1, Devonta Freeman will be out this week with a minor knee injury. That means backfield mate Tevin Coleman is a must start this week. It also means more receptions for wide receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. In the 3 games that Freeman either missed or was unable to finish last season, Coleman carried the ball 59 times for 223 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. Fire up Coleman as a high end RB2.
Injured Players likely to play in Week 2
- Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
- Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
- Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
- Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
- Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets
- LeGarrette Blount, RB, Detroit Lions
- Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
- Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons
- Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
About the Author – Chris Smith is a lifelong NFL Fanatic, hopeless Cowboys Fan, Obsessive Fantasy Football player and Lead Writer for ballislifesportsmedia.org “My passion is learning and debating sports and my mission is to bring that discussion to every fan I come in contact with”